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Green Mountain, Rooney Rd parking lot

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Directions to trail
From the south:
To get to the Green Mountain trailhead, take C-470 to the Morrison Road exit, and drive west to your first right turn before the gas station, this is S. Rooney Road.  Follow S. Rooney Road north past the entrance to Bandimere, under C-470 and up to W. Alameda Parkway.  Take a left on Alameda Parkway and follow it west over C-470 over to S. Rooney Road again, take a right there and go north.  Coming up on your right, you'll see the Rooney Road parking lot for Green Mountain.

From the north:
From CO93/US6, follow US6 southbound past the exit for C-470. Take the first right after the stoplight, and follow this around to your right to merge onto Colfax westbound. After you cross back under C-470, take your first left at the stoplight onto Rooney Road. Follow Rooney Road up and over the hill, and look for the turnoff to the Green Mountain trailhead parking lot on your left across from the motocross area on the right.

GPS coordinates
Latitude (dd): 39.696286
Longitude (dd): -105.191946

Gotchas
Green Mountain is always packed, very exposed from a no trees and lots of sunlight perspective, and it pales in comparison to the great variety of trails we have in the front range.

Elevation at parking lot
Around 6025ft

Trail description
Green Mountain is usually the first trail open once spring arrives.  It's also the only trail that a person can LEGALLY ride at night.  It has some nice climbs and it's a good test of fitness.  On the backside a rider can descend some terribly steep stuff and there is almost an endless mix of trails that a person could explore.  Green Mountain is often referred to as a "beginner's trail".  It gets this connotation not because it's easy aerobically, you could make a very strenuous ride out of it, but because of its lack of technical fun, lack of beautiful scenery, and the fact that a lot of beginners go there because they either don't know about the better front range trails, or they are intimidated by them.  A nice ride for variety, but hit the other trails when possible.

Included trails
Zorro - From the Rooney Road parking lot, you can cross Rooney Road going west and ride Zorro up the hogback to the Dakota Ridge trail.  This opens you up to all new opportunities allowing you to connect with the Matthew Winters/Red Rocks trail and several other trails.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 08 November 2013 15:40  

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